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Smoke on IndiGo flight forces plane to land

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After smoke inside the cabin was noticed onboard, an IndiGo plane carrying 170 passengers made an emergency landing immediately after taking off from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) in Delhi. The incident took place on Wednesday at 5.20 am.Sources at the airport stated that the flight number 6E-719 of IndiGo Airlines to Vishakhapatnam took off from IGI airport at returned 10 minutes later after passengers started complaining of smoke inside the cabin. “There was also a drop in cabin pressure leading to oxygen masks being automatically deployed,” said the source.Even after making an emergency landing, the airline refused to accept that smoke was coming out of the cabin. In a statement, IndiGo stated that it was a “false alarm” over a “burning smell” in the cabin. However, keeping passenger safety in mind, a “precautionary landing” was made.According to an IndiGo spokesperson: “IndiGo flight 6E-719 (Delhi-Visakhapatnam) carried out a precautionary landing at Delhi on Wednesday due to a false alarm. After take-off from Delhi, the cabin crew advised flight crew about a burning smell in the cabin. Keeping the safety and security of passengers in mind, the captain-in-command informed the ATC and carried out a precautionary landing at Delhi.”The statement also added that after the plane returned to Delhi it was inspected thoroughly and “no oil leakages or electrical burn residues were identified.”In another incident, a man who flew on an international IndiGo flight filed a police complaint alleging that the crew refused to accept payment in Indian currency for the food he bought.INCIDENTS INVOLVING INDIGONov 7: A video surfaced showing a passenger being assaulted and dragged on the tarmac at Delhi airport by the staff of IndiGo airlines. The airlines issued an apology on Twitter on Nov 7.
Nov 12: A passenger fell off her wheelchair while being assisted by an employee of IndiGo at Lucknow airport. The AAI said the reason behind the mishap was “gross negligence of Indigo staff”.

IndiGo again! Woman thrown off wheelchair

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>IndiGo is in trouble again and has apologised to a female passenger who fell off her wheelchair while being assisted by the airline’s staff at Lucknow airport on Saturday night. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) squarely blamed the airline’s gross negligence for the mishap.This is a second case of embarrassment for the budget carrier which had to say sorry days before after a video went viral, showing a passenger being manhandled by its employees at Delhi airport in October.”We apologise to Ms Urvashi Parikh Viren for the mishap which occurred at the Lucknow airport at 8 pm,” the airline said in a statement on the latest case.”Our IndiGo representative was pushing her wheelchair towards the arrival hall. As he was guiding her wheelchair through a vehicular lane, which was dimly lit at that time of the night, her wheelchair got stuck in a deep crack on the tarmac and lost balance and she fell off her wheelchair,” it read.”Parikh was injured and immediately rushed to the doctor of the Airports Authority of India. He administered first aid to her.”The state-owned AAI that operates Lucknow’s airport, however, said in a statement that investigations showed the incident happened due to “gross negligence of IndiGo staff as he chose the wrong path on the tarmac and mishandled the passenger. The AAI said the whole area has sufficient illumination. A detailed investigation is in progress and CCTV footage is also being looked into, an AAI spokesperson said.Earlier, a passenger was assaulted and dragged on the tarmac at Delhi airport by IndiGo’s staff. A video of the incident surfaced and was widely shared.The airline first issued a four-page defence and said its staff had followed the Standard Operating Procedure and acted in self-defence, but was attacked first by the passenger. IndiGo chief Aditya Ghosh later offered his “personal apologies”, saying “this does not reflect our culture.”The Civil Aviation Minister later ordered an inquiry into the incident and asked the airline to explain.Parikh and her family have not immediately lodged a complaint with the airline, the AAI or the Civil Aviation Ministry. The woman or her family has also not immediately issued any statement about the incident.ONE AFTER ANOTHER…This is a second such case of embarrassment for the budget carrier which had to say sorry days before after a video went viral, showing a passenger being manhandled by its employees at Delhi airport in October(With agency inputs)

Bid opening date for Jaipur airport extended

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The attempts of Airport Authority of India (AAI) to give selected areas of Jaipur international airport to a strategic partner for operation and maintenance (O&M) has hit turbulence once again.The Authority, has once again changed the date of opening of technical bid and now, the date has been fixed as November 22. The earlier date was October 20 and with this, it is the 8th time that the date has been changed.The starting date for opening of this technical bid was March 8 this year. After that, the date has been changed eight times, including the latest date now.Notably, the airport authority wishes to give passenger terminal, car parking, apron and associated utilities of the airport on operation and maintenance to private company in coming days.The strategic partner will be chosen through a bidding process and once selected, AAI will enter into an O&M contract with the selected bidder.However, AAI will remain the airport operator for these airports and will continue to perform its functions, informed officials in ministry of civil aviation.The current process for this objective was started in 2016, when Request for Proposals ( RFP) were invited in December 2016. Since that time itself, the process has been slow due to various reasons. Notably, previously in 2015, the operations department of the Airport Authority of India had invited bids from private operators. Few of the companies too had met the officials at Jaipur airport in this regard.Not only Jaipur, but the proposal is being worked out for Ahmedabad airport too.Changed for 8th timeThe Authority, has once again changed the date of opening of technical bid and now, the date has been fixed as November 22. The earlier date was October 20. With this, it is the 8th time that the date has been changed.

New changes at airport welcomed by airlines, hints towards single operator AAI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Airlines have responded positively to the recent non-privatisation model airport, in lieu of the changes made in the last six months to the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPI). However, though they are happy with a single operator — Airports Authority of India — they want assurance of a futuristic at approach, considering the pace at which traffic is increasing. The partial privatisation made both passengers and airlines hopeful; but, the bidding has been delayed for more than a year now.To attract more prospective bidders, the national airports operator, AAI, also made some major changes to the terms and conditions for privatising and modernising SVPI. The AAI had invited a Request for Proposal (RFP) from the bidders for the operation and maintenance of select areas of the Jaipur and Ahmedabad airports, late last year. The select areas include passenger terminal building, passenger boarding bridges, and apron area among others, as per the bid document.The proposal mentions that the O&M will remain with private players and the infrastructure will be handled by the AAI. Speaking on it, Shalin Joshipura, Chairman, Airlines Operators Committee, Ahmedabad, said, “Ahmedabad has witnessed tremendous growth and to match that, operational area growth took place, but nothing happened on the terminal front. I am equally interested in seeing how we focus on terminal development. We are seeing positive changes at the terminal under the current leadership, but we need to be more futuristic. If we get an assurance of a futuristic approach and synchronisation of infrastructure with the pace at which traffic is growing, we wil be satisfied with the AAI.”While the bidding process is due to get over by October end, there has been no clarity on the extension. Sources say that AAI doesn’t intend to extend it further.INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL TO GET TWO NEW AEROBRIDGES:Speaking about recent changes at the airport, Manoj Gangal, Airport Director, said, “We have undertaken a lot of changes that includes more entry points for the terminal, numbering airline counters, queue managers, self check-in counters, etc. The latest was the installation of a Flight Information Display System, which will be visible from far. We have installed two video walls, one in the arrival bay and one in the departure. These will give flight-related information in three languages. We are also rebuilding the washrooms. At the international terminal, two new aerobridges are being added.

File a plaint if charged parking fee: City airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To ease passengers’ experience and prevent them from being cheated, officials at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPI) issued an advisory encouraging passengers to file a grievance and not pay Rs 85 if they relieve the cab within 10 minute grace time.As per the system prevailing at the airport, if a cab takes more than 10 minutes to come out from the arrival or departure bay, owner has to pay Rs85. Off late, there have been complaints that cabs are charging parking fee from passengers without giving any receipt.Manoj Gangal, Airport Director, said, “Those flying out need not pay the cab driver unless they delay him beyond 10 minutes, which is the grace period and no fee is charged for that. We had also realised that the exit booths at arrival bay were not enough to handle the traffic during peak hours. Hence, we have decided to widen the road and double the booth capacity.”Passengers also need to be very careful that they do not accept manual receipt from the toll booth and ensure that the receipt should not just carry AAI’s name but also the contractor’s name for it to be a valid receipt, he said.“I would request passengers, especially women, not to take up fight at the toll booth but file a complaint with us. We will ensure action and even an FIR if required,” he said.ADVISORYDo not pay the parking charge to the cab driver unless you cross 10 minutes.
Do not misplace the parking slip while driving your vehicle
Do not accept receipt without mention of AAI and contractor name
Do not take up fight with the toll manager, instead file a complaint
For complaints write to: [email protected]

Govt finally removes rape-convict’s Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s name from special airport privileges list

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government has ordered that rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh be removed from the list of dignitaries allowed access to the VIP lounge of airports.A CBI court last week sentenced the self-styled godman and chief of Dera Sacha Sauda sect to 20 years in prison – 10 years each for two rape cases.”It has now been decided to withdraw the permission for use of reserve lounge at airports granted to Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Chief of Dera Sacha Sauda, Sirsa, with immediate effect,” says a letter dated September 1 from the Civil Aviation ministry to the chairman of the Airports Authority of India (AAI).Permission to access “reserve lounges” at airports comes under the purview of the the ministry. However, it could not be immediately ascertained when Gurmeet Singh was given this perk.A senior official of AAI said instructions have been passed on to regional executive directors as well as airport directors to comply with the order.

Land tranfer for Metro 7 gets Union Cabinet nod

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the transfer of 40 acres of land from the Airport Authority of India (AAI) to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) for the construction of the Metro car depot for Metro-7 corridor.In lieu, MMRDA has agreed to compensate the AAI by handing over the plot at Gorai.After almost two years of negotiations, the MMRDA and AAI, in April, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the transfer of the land to the MMRDA at Dahisar, which presently hosts AAI’s high-frequency receiving station that enables uninterrupted communication for smooth movement of aircraft.The construction of the 16.5-km of Metro-7 corridor is progressing rapidly and has moved into the second stage for which civil construction is to be completed in 2018 and make the corridor operational in 2019.Initially, AAl will hand over at least 2,000 sq mts of land in Dahisar on temporary basis.In a statement, issued on Wednesday, the cabinet said, “MMRDA will pay the difference in cost of land of 40 acres, as per the stamp duty ready reckoner rate based on 2016-17 arrived at Rs. 472.70 crore or as per the ready reckoner rate at the time of final handing over of land, whichever is higher.”Further, MMRDA will also hand over the land at Gorai only after levelling, grading and demarcating the boundary. MMRDA is also expected to hand over all the land documents, revenue maps of Gorai land duly mutated in the Records of Rights in AAI’s name.

Shah’s airport meet: AAI says won’t allow a repeat, HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court today disposed of an activist’s petition against a “public meeting” held at Dabolim airport in Goa last month to welcome BJP chief Amit Shah after the Airport Authority of India (AAI) submitted that it was not pre-planned and assured the court that it won’t allow a repeat of such “isolated occurrence”. In an affidavit submitted before the division bench of Justices G S Patel and Nutan Sardessai, AAI Goa Director BCH Negi stated such instances would not be repeated in future. Social activist Aires Rodrigues had challenged the holding of the meeting to welcome Shah on the airport premises on July 1. He had sought action against the authorities concerned for allowing the meeting in the high-security precinct of the airport, which he claimed was in violation of norms. He had submitted photographs and alleged the BJP made contradictory statements. On one hand it claimed the meeting was held after securing all the necessary permissions while on the other hand it stated that the gathering was spontaneous. On August 18, Negi filed an affidavit stating the “public meeting” was not pre-planned. Filing another affidavit today, Negi said a repeat of the July 1 incident will never be allowed in future. “I state that as respectfully explained in my affidavit dated August 18, the incident in question took place for the reasons stated therein and was an isolated occurrence. “I hereby undertake that the airport authority will ensure that in future no such occurrence ever takes place under any circumstances and that the airport area and its precincts are not used for any such occurrence,” it said. The HC then disposed of Rodrigues’ petition.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AAI ropes in CEPT to draft land policy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The national airports operator Airports Authority of India (AAI) has roped in CEPT University to formulate a policy framework to procure land for airport projects. As part of the pan India project, CEPT experts will look into Government of India’s initiative of developing new airports and expansion of the existing ones.The Centre for Urban Land and Real Estate Policy (CULREP) at CEPT will review options and recommend a broader ‘Policy for land procurement for airport projects’. It will be based on review of state laws and case studies of new and existing airports.Under the direction and guidance of CEPT president Dr Bimal Patel and Faculty of Planning dean Vidyadhar Phatak, the study will be undertaken by the joint team comprising professors Rutool Sharma, Brijesh Bhatha and Jignesh Mehta.Guruprasad Mohapatra, chairman, AAI said, “To develop any airport, 1,500-2,000 acre of land is required and even to expand existing airport, more land is needed. The present Land Acquisition Act is extremely time consuming and an expensive proposition. State governments are finding it difficult at one go.”Dr Bimal Patel said, “Many states have tried mechanisms such as land readjustment and pooling which can provide an alternative. As part of this study, we will review some mechanisms and recommend the most suitable alternative for land procurement. Such an alternative might also be suitable for land procurement for other large projects like industrial clusters, highways and ports.”The CEPT team will be assisted by geomatics experts, planners, urban designers and architects.Mohapatra added, “Some projects in Maharashtra were done on basic TP principles. This concept was also upheld by high court and the Supreme Court.”

DNA EXCLUSIVE: GMR DIALs wrong numbers, registers losses in crores

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Public-private partnership (PPP) isn’t really a partnership at all in the case of Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport. Delhi International Airport Pvt. Ltd (DIAL), a consortium led by the GMR group, actually ‘socialise’ the losses and privatise the profits. CAG’s (Comptroller and Auditor General) 2016 draft revenue audit, accessed by DNA, revealed that the government lost Rs 2,397 crore in this airport from non-aeronautical services in the last six years.Under the PPP contract, DIAL had agreed to share 45.99 per cent of its gross revenue with Airports Authority of India (AAI), a government agency in the private-public partnership. But CAG’s draft revenue audit shows that DIAL has not honoured the revenue-sharing and other terms and conditions.DIAL has formed 11 joint ventures to run non-aeronautical operations, and its agreement with these JVs provided from 10 per cent to 61 per cent sharing of gross revenue on contract. AAI has been deprived of this revenue as per terms. In 2009, the UPA government allowed DIAL to recover Airport Development Fees (ADF) from passengers. CAG sources said DIAL collected more than Rs 3,500 crore from ADF and diverted this amount to cover project costs – which it was supposed to arrange from other sources like banks. However, more than one-fourth of its capital cost was paid by the passengers.DNA had sent a mail to GMR, but they did not respond till the time of going to press.Now, the GMR-led operator of IGI airport is saying that it has no money to fund mandatory security expenses at the airport. Sources said that DIAL is trying to hike charges to pay the security personal. This is not the first instance of financial mess in DIAL operations. In 2012, CAG carried out a performance audit and found anomalies in the so-called PPP mode of development.DIAL is a joint venture consortium of GMR Group, Airports Authority of India (AAI) and German firm Fraport. In January 2006, DAIL was awarded the contract to operate, manage and develop IGI Airport in a competitive bidding process. In April 2006, DIAL entered into a Operation, Management and Development Agreement (OMDA), and in May 2006, the AAI handed over IGI airport to DIAL and gave it exclusive rights to operations, maintenance, development and management of the airport.In 2006, the Ministry of Civil Aviation projected an additional Rs40,454 Cr for modernisation of the existing airport — at the time when the OMDA and State Support Agreement were being considered. Interestingly, all this was taking place in the absence of any regulator.DIAL IN1996: Modernisation of Delhi Airports considered by AAI
2003: Government approved long term lease by joint venture with 74 per cent equity of private consortium and 26 per cent of AAI
2005: Bid submission made by GMR-Fraport and others
2006: EGoM awarded Delhi Airport to GMR-Fraport
2008: AERA (Airports Economic Regulatory Authority Of India) bill passed in Parliament
2009: Airport Development Fee (ADF) was fixed
2010: AREA appellate tribunal established
2011: CAG report on DIAL tabled in Parliament
2015: CAG issued letter to Ministry of Civil Aviation for further meaningful audit
2016: Ministry replied to CAG saying AAI should ask for records and documents
2016: CAG confirmed that audit had initiated an exercise (July to August 2015) to certify revenue collections of AAI from DIAL.
2017: DIAL says it doesn’t have money to pay CISF

Raj govt wants VVIP terminal at Jaipur airport,AAI offers land

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan government has requested for construction of a VVIP terminal at the Jaipur airport and the Airports Authority of India has offered land for the purpose, according to the civil aviation ministry. AAI manages 125 airports and 25 civil enclaves at defence airfields, as per its website. In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha said the AAI has received a request from Rajasthan government for construction of a VVIP terminal at the Jaipur airport. “AAI has already offered 2.5 acres of land to the government of Rajasthan for this purpose,” the minister said. According to Sinha, state aircraft carrying state VIPs, including the chief minister and the governor, are operated from the state hangar. “Other aircraft carrying VIPs and other passengers are being operated from terminal-2 at Jaipur airport,” he added. In 2015-16, Jaipur airport witnessed 22,772 domestic aircraft movements, data available on the AAI website showed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AAI tweaks tender to woo bidders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an effort to attract more bidders, the national airports operator, Airports Authority of India (AAI), has made some major changes in the terms and conditions for privatisation and modernisation of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPI).For starters, the deadline has been extended by another 90 days, making this the third extension. This has ostensibly been done to give players more time to understand the operations and maintenance aspects.The two major changes include AAI’s projected expansion plans of Ahmedabad airport and a longer contract tenure for the operator.The AAI had invited Request for Proposal (RFP) from bidders for operation and maintenance of select areas of Jaipur and Ahmedabad airports late last year. These areas include terminal building, boarding bridges and apron area, among others, as per the bid document.Guruprasad Mohapatra, chairman, AAI said, “We have extended the deadline by 90 days after prospective bidders raised concerns and queries. Keeping these in mind, we have made significant changes in the terms and conditions, including mode of payment, internal evaluation, projected capacity, tenure, etc. For example, the contract tenure was 10 years earlier, but we have changed it to 15 years. We also wanted to inform them about the projected capacity of the terminal they will be handling 10 years down the line.”Till date, AAI has received 12 registrations from prospective bidders, including foreign players. One of the firms has suggested the entire airport be given on lease, on the lines of Delhi and Mumbai airports, since they feel the present structure won’t bring in attractive returns.However, the cost factor is the overriding concern among airlines as well as other agencies at the city airport.An official from one of the agencies providing services at SVPI airport said on condition of anonymity, “Ahmedabad airport is mostly used by international airlines as they find it economical when it comes to making a halt on their route instead of Mumbai, where parking and fuel charges are way too high. If the airport is taken over by a private operator, there is a feeling that international airlines will be affected.”However, Mohapatra played down these concerns saying, “This is not complete privatisation like Mumbai and Delhi. The airport will be with AAI, while only the operations and maintenance will be privatised. The charges or tariff will be as per Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (AERA).”Last year, AAI had rejected Singapore’s Changi Airport’s proposal to operate and maintain Jaipur and Ahmedabad airports twice on the grounds that it was not commercially viable for the government airport operator.Queries/concerns raised by firmsProvide a term of 20 years whereby the operator will be allowed to extend the term for additional 10 years if the performance is satisfactory and without any non-compliance.Under the existing criteria, only two entities from India can qualify for the tender. Other entities with significant experience in airport sector would need to partner with international airport operators to qualify. The bid conditions are not conducive for tying up with international airport operators due to limited opportunity size and adverse risk‐return profile of the project. As a result, interested and experienced Indian firms are unable to participate in the tender, thus severely limiting competition.There is a proposal for building a new airport at Dholera. Request for current status of the project and what are the timelines for the Dholera Airport to be commissioned.Privatise the entire airport on the lines of Delhi, Mumbai since the present transaction structure does not offer adequate reward to investors.ChangesExtension for 15 years as against 10 years.New terminal projected by 2020, of more capacity.Mode of payment.New deadlinesJune 5Bid submission start dateSeptember 18Bid submission last dateSeptember 21Technical bid opening date

Chandrababu Naidu inaugurates 30.5 meter tricolour at Tirupati Airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu hoisted a 30.5 meter national flag at Tirupati Airport this week. The flag hoisting was done in the presence of the district collector and magistrate, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Superintendent of Police (Urban), the Municipal Commissioner (Tirupati), S. Sreekumar, Regional Executive Director, Southern Region, AAI and H. Pulla, Airport Director, Tirupati Airport. The flag is installed at Tirupati Airport is 30.5 meters (100 feet approximately) height, 20 sided polygon flag mast for carrying the national flag of 30 ft x 20 ft size in 100 percent knitted polyester (140 gsm) with reinforced super-strong nylon webbing on all three sides and eyelets rope / toggle sleeve. The flag mast shaft is made of 4 mm galvanized steel plates conforming to latest IS standards and suitable to withstand wind velocity as per IS 875. The system for hoisting and lowering of flag shall have double drum winch, 6mm dia stainless steel wire rope and integral power tool for carrying out the same. The flag will fly on round-the-clock basis and will be provided with sufficient lighting during the night time for proper illumination. The supply and installation of High Mast was carried out by M/s. Bajaj Electricals, a pioneer in manufacturing a flag mast and has installed high flag mast at over 150 places all over India. The said flag is also prominently located in 22 airports of AAI including Vizag, Vijayawada, Madurai, Tirupati, Srinagar etc.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Flights to cost more as security becomes pricier

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Flyers will soon have to shell out more as airfares are expected to increase with an impending hike in passenger security fee (PSF).The Airports Authority of India (AAI) currently charges Rs 130 per departing passenger as PSF, a rate that has remained unchanged for more than a decade. The current PSF level is far lower than the actual expenditure on securing the airports.The jump in the security cost follows the Centre’s decision to engage the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to guard all 98 airports across the country amid a growing threat perception. The revenue-neutral burden will be passed on to passengers.After bringing in the CISF, the PSF is bound to increase substantially, said an AAI official, pointing out that the CISF excels in providing the least obtrusive security cover, and has become a necessity with the increase in threat perception from terror outfits.Home ministry sources said the issue of who would foot the security bill was resolved between the ministries of home affairs and civil aviation at the behest of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).”Civil aviation ministry has been asked to work out how much revenue they can generate on their own and what will be the escalation required in the PSF charges to provide CISF security cover on revenue neutral basis to across all the airports,” said a home ministry official, on condition of anonymity.Currently, 59 of 98 functional airports in the country are under CISF cover; of those, 26 airports, including those in New Delhi and Mumbai, are categorised as hyper-sensitive.”Taking security cover at airports as a sovereign function, the home ministry will incur all the expenditure on the CISF. The revenue generated from the PSF by the AAI will go into the Consolidated Fund of India from which the finance ministry will allocate funds to the union home ministry under CISF head in the demand for grants,” added the source.

Rawat unfurls flag at 100-ft high post at Jollygrant airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat today unfurled the national flag at a 100 feet high post at the Jollygrant airport here making it the 20th airport in the country where the Airport Authority of India has done this. After hoisting the tricolour at the airport, Rawat said the national flag represents the country’s honour and Uttarakhand was proud to have an airport where the AAI has done this. The Chief Minister was accompanied by BJP MP from Tehri Mala Rajyalakshmi Shah.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AAI’s 22nd Annual Day Celebrations capped with cultural Programme Udaan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Airports Authority of India (AAI), the mainstay of Civil Aviation in the country, celebrated its 22nd Annual Day at the Siri Fort Auditorium here. Civil Aviation Minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju was the chief guest.Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha was the guest of honour. The vibrant evening of music and celebration was followed by the launch of the corporate plan of AAI by Mr.Gajapathi Raju, in the presence of Mr. Sinha and Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI, besides other dignitaries. The launch followed felicitation of AAI achievers in their respective fields by the chief guest. The awards were given by Mr. Gajapathi Raju, who commended the performance and achievements by various teams/airports on the basis of ACI and CSI survey ratings. Mr.Gajapathi Raju also complimented the AAI family on fulfilling its role assigned towards nation building by way of providing safe, secure and affordable flying resulting in India in becoming the fifth largest aviation market in the world. Mr.Sinha asserted that the AAI has been instrumental in implementation of various government schemes like Make in India, Swaach Bharat, e-Governance, NCAP, Air Sewa and RCS-UDAN. R.N. Choubey, Secretary, Civil Aviation, conveyed his best wishes through a message which was read out during the event. Secretary (CA) applauded the achievements of AAI in implementation of Regional Connectivity Scheme, Air Sewa initiatives and launch of AAI Cargo Logistics and Allied Services Ltd. (AAICLAS). Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, IAS, Chairman, AAI expressed his satisfaction on achieving great heights of success globally by AAI and was also proud in saying that an interim dividend of Rs 560 crores paid to the Government and getting through Rs 10,000 crores revenue mark has literally reaffirmed his confidence to become one of the World leaders in Aviation in times to come. After the official programme, the stage was open for Live Performance by renowned Singer ? Performer Shaan which was enjoyed by all.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AAI inks tripartite pact for developing airport in Jharkhand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Airports Authority of India, along with DRDO and the Jharkhand government, will develop the Deoghar airport in the state. “The existing Deoghar airport will be developed for operations of A-320 and C-130,” AAI said in a release today. AAI, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Jharkhand government have inked a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the purpose, it said. Jharkhand has acquired 600.34 acres of land which will be handed over to AAI, apart from the existing 53.41 acres Deoghar airport land, the release said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Raj govt signs MoU for expansion of Jodhpur airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was today signed between the Rajasthan government and other stakeholders for transferring 37 acres of land for development and expansion of the civil airport in Jodhpur. The state government signed the MoU with the Air Force, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) and the Jodhpur Nagar Nigam (JNN). The state government through JNN in lieu of the provided land, will provide 106 acres of land to the Air Force. The MoU was signed in presence of Jodhpur MP Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Mayor Ghanshyam Ojha and other distinguished public representatives, and Air Force officials. According to the MoU, the state government will transfer 106 acres of its land contiguous to the airfield by JNN/state government. 37 acres of land will be provided free of cost in lieu of 37 acres of IAF land being transferred to AAI. The remaining 69 acres of land shall be transferred to IAF as per the prescribed rates and rules of the state government. “This makes an important step in the progress for expansion of the Jodhpur Civil Airport. We hope that all parties associated with the project will do their utmost to realise this long cherished dream of the people of this city,” defence spokesperson, Lt Col Manish Ojha said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Goa: AAI turns down Navy’s request to cut down summer flights

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Airport Authority of India (AAI) has turned down the request of the Indian Navy to reduce frequency of flights at the Goa International Airport during the summer schedule which comes into force from April. “There was a request from the Indian Navy to cut down the number of flights during the summer schedule. But we have not agreed,” Goa Airport Airport Director BCH Negi said today. The Goa airport, located in Dabolim, is managed by Indian Navy, which is part of its INS Hansa base near Vasco. Indian Navy has been conducting routine sortie of its flights from this facility. According to sources, Navy wants to increase its timing of sortie during the summer schedule, following which it has written to the AAI. “At our level, we have requested to maintain the flight schedule as it is. Indian Navy had given a written request to curtail the number of flights but it is not agreed,” he said. “I don’t know what is being decided at (the) higher level. Even Airlines have refused to cut down the number of flights,” he added. Another senior AAI official said that the Navy had requested to reduce the number of flights allowed between 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm by about 15 flights due to operational reasons. Earlier this month, AAI Chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra had informed that currently 80 flights operate from the Goa airport on a daily basis, including the international ones. It handles close to six million passengers annually, making it one of the busiest facility in the country.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Air traffic resumes at Srinagar Int’l Airport

“Air traffic resumed today and flight operations took place,” Director, Airports Authority of India (AAI), Srinagar Airport, Sharad Kumar told <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the flight operations were hit at Srinagar airport, air traffic resumed from the aerodrome today, even as an extra flight was operated to clear the passenger backlog. “Air traffic resumed today and flight operations took place,” Director, Airports Authority of India (AAI), Srinagar Airport, Sharad Kumar told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No airspace data sharing with Pakistan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With bilateral relations between India-Pakistan continuing to remain fragile, the trust deficit emanating out of it is likely to affect the co-operation in civil aviation airspace. The Airport Authority of India (AAI) which is planning to install Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), a surveillance based technology for civil aviation safety on buoyancy all around the country’s oceanic boundaries has recently showed its apprehension to UN backed International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), about sharing the data with its hostile neighbour. The insiders feel that data which has live update about the exact positions of the aircraft apart from other sensitive details may be misused by anti-social or non-state actors from the country to harm India’s interests.”We have informed ICAO of our apprehensions in regard to sharing of data which is going to be tremendous in near future,” said PK Bandopadhyay, ED (Planning), CNS, AAI during DISHA, a seminar held in Delhi to discuss the development of indigenous technologies in civil aviation. Talking about installing ADS-B on water using buoyancy Bandopadhyay said, “It will make the plane constantly remain in contact with the ground.”ICAO has been asking the airlines and aviation regulators around the world to develop a foolproof mechanism by way of which the aircraft’s position and its related data can be continuously tracked at all time when the plane is in air. The demand gained thrust after a Malaysian airline plane MH370 went missing in 2014 without an iota of trace, leading the investigators high and dry.As per the aviation experts, air traffic service providers and regulators worldwide are moving from radar based surveillance to ADS-B to track air planes in flight and on the ground more accurately and reliably. However, the changes require are to be equipped in new and existing planes, which obviously come at a premium, which many of the domestic airlines in India at present are trying to avoid in absence of any regulation related to it.”The domestic airlines so far have been hesitant in installation of the equipment, specially in the age of cost cutting and savings,” said a senior Communication and Navigation System (CNS) official from Mumbai.What ADS-B doesAs per a report prepared by aircraft manufacturer Boeing on ADS-B uses a combination of satellites, transmitters, and receivers to provide both flight crews and ground control personnel with very specific information about the location and speed of air planes in the area.The aviation legal experts though India is a member of UN backed aviation treaties and conventions which mandates sharing of information among the member nations, a country can withhold some information which are not general in nature. However, the common information needs to be shared.

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